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The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. C D S Smith


Christopher Dermot Salmond Smith of Overy Staithe, Norfolk was born in December 1916 at Bruton, Somerset and educated at Bradfield College in The Close. He entered RAF College Cranwell in September 1934 as a Flight Cadet.



Images above and below courtesy of Bradfield College Archive.


Above: Although looking much younger, Smith was eighteen years old in 1934 and went to Cranwell in the same year.


After graduating in July 1936 he was posted to the School of Air Navigation, Manston for a course. He joined 220 (GR) Squadron at Bircham Newton on 29th November 1936. Smith went to A&AEE Martlesham Heath on 1st June 1938.

He was involved with the development of airborne radar and for his service in that field he was awarded the DFC (gazetted 7th May 1940).

He joined 25 Squadron at North Weald on 20th September 1940 as a Flight Commander. In November 1941 Smith took command of 79 Squadron at Fairwood Common, Wales.

He was killed on 22nd December 1941 when his Hurricane IIB Z5255 collided with a He115 that he intercepted off Southern Ireland.

Smith was 25 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 28.

His only brother, S/Ldr. FM Smith, was killed aged 25 serving with 94 Squadron on 1st June 1940 when his Gladiator II N2291 crashed at Khormaksar during low level aerobatics.

He is buried in Maala Cemetery, Aden (now Yemen).




Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner


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